In the midst of ever-increasing class sizes and workloads, how can professors maintain academic rigor without adding administrative workload? Is this possible? How can professors meet the educational needs of advancing critical thinking, creativity and communication skills for this internet generation? The solution is Mobius. Mobius SLIP, Social Learning Information Platform, was created by college professors for college professors to facilitate complex assignments to enhance the lives of educators and learners.
In the first phase of the workflow, students post their works – Artifacts – to Mobius after reading and completing the assignment. The system then automatically distributes the Artifacts to anonymous peer groups. The group size and the group allocation pattern is a decision of the course instructor.
In the second phase of the workflow, each student receives his/her peers’ anonymous Artifacts and then:
In this phase, each student receives the anonymous Critiques of his/her peers. The student action is to give feedback on the feedback by positioning each Critique on the SLIP Slider scale relative to others. Important Critique evaluation factors are thoughtfulness, helpfulness, and professionalism.
Mobius offers instructors and students informative performance analysis. For both Artifacts and Critiques, students’ performance is explicated in color-coded metrics of attainment scores, bias , controversy , and the agreement level within each peer group.
The instructor can read the student performance story in the numbers. He/she can immediately understand student attainment, and can choose to respond to every student, to provide targeted feedback, or rely strictly on peer-to-peer feedback.
Mobius SLIP is a unique educational experience. The nature of online classes makes teamwork difficult, but I feel that Mobius SLIP is a creative solution, allowing more focused collaboration without the communication and scheduling conflicts that plague online courses. Each assignment is submitted anonymously and is randomly distributed to several classmates, so each essay is read and assessed by multiple people. This provides an excellently well-rounded evaluation of our work without having every student read all of the submissions for each assignment. I would have loved to have the opportunity to use a system like this in more of my classes, especially ones with frequent but relatively short writing assignments.
Mobius SLIP is a user friendly system that allows peers to review each other’s papers and give feedback. I enjoyed working with this system because I was able to see how my peers wrote papers and their critiques helped me to improve in my writing abilities.
Mobius SLIP is a great way to involve students in an anonymous review format. With this type of system, you the student become the professor, well in the fact that you can assess your peer’s assignments. This assessment type allows the student to grow and take on additional responsibility in the classroom.
This experience allowed me to go from just a student to someone who had the responsibility of critiquing and responding to peers’ critiques. There is a saying in nursing when you are learning a new skill that you watch one, do one, and teach one. This way of learning a new skill in nursing is very similar to learning in Mobius SLIP.
I think Mobius SLIP was fun. Since several persons were going to read my work, I tried hard to put my best work in my assignments. It was interesting to read the perceptions of others about my work. Since we did not know the identity of the reviewers, it allowed some freedom to offer honest and constructive comments. The system gave students the opportunity to see the level of work of others which as an aid in working on future assignments.
As a learning tool, I think Mobius SLIP is fantastic. In addition to getting feedback from people who don’t already have all of the answers, you get that many different responses from which to re-think and edit your work. I also think that Mobius SLIP is great for learning because it allows you to view how other people understand the assignment, and because the assignments are similar in format, this makes it easier to see what works and what doesn’t in terms of style and detail.
It’s simple, efficient, and easy to use. Better than just receiving feedback from a professor, you receive feedback from other students and professionals, whose opinions are just as valid in terms of content and what may be important to future viewers of your documents. In my opinion, the use of Mobius SLIP has had a beneficial impact on my learning compared to usual grading and feedback procedures.
At first, Mobius SLIP seemed like an easy approach for a professor to work less! Obviously that was a short site on my behalf, as now I realized how he was able to link decision making to healthcare learning. Connecting students together and empowering them with a professor’s ability through Mobius SLIP has had a great influence on the success of this course as it affected my learning, grading and the way I analyze my decision approach. Especially, when I started receiving similar feedback from my peers.
What makes this tool unique is simplicity. It allows an easy flow of learning. It combiness three different layers of the learning curve - creating, reviewing, and critiquing. Reviewing several different essays helps develop alternative thinking and analysis. I was able to build my personal understanding, reshaped the way I perceived a theory and altered my approach to making decisions or conclusions. Receiving reviews from my peers challenged my critical thinking. Particularly, it challenged how I approached giving effective positive feedback to others. At first my response was blunt and direct. Although it was frank, it was not effective as it only made my peers stand on the defensive line. But as with everything, I learned from my mistakes and witnessed a tone change when my peers read my critiques.
Mobius SLIP provides an interactive learning and grading experience, especially for online courses. It engages students in evaluation of their peers. The system prepares the students to be critical reviewers of other’s work, by ranking the effectiveness of the papers amongst the peers, and providing critiques. This helps students to not only become leaders in writing, but also leaders in reviewing the work of others. Mobius SLIP enables professors to manage the homework capabilities rather well and assist them with their grading in a balanced manner. As an adjunct professor, I certainly see the value in using Mobius SLIP, and may implement it in the upcoming months.
Mobius is social because learning is social. No longer is one student being assessed by one professor; it’s now a one-to-many relationship. Professors and students co-create. Students advance in critical thinking by participating in the evaluative process and advance in creative thinking skills by seeing how other students solved the same problem differently. The social platform provides students more feedback resulting in higher student attainment and increased self-awareness, evidenced analytically.
Mobius is easy as A-B-C-D. The assignment workflow consistently moves through its phases – Artifact, Benchmarks/Critiques, Concordance, and Diagnostics according to your date-release decisions. Students receive timely email reminders that Mobius sends on your behalf.
Mobius is flexible to fit any discipline of study. Assignments can range from case analyses and essays to visual artwork, technical designs, financial models, and even musical compositions. You can choose to make the peer groups anonymous or not, randomized or not, and change peer group sizes. You can assign a separate case to each peer group or a common case to the entire class. Additionally, you can decide your own feedback strategy — respond to every student, to a targeted group, or to rely strictly on peer-to-peer feedback. It’s up to you — whichever approach fits your discipline and your pedagogy.
Mobius is self-regulating. By assessing peers’ Artifacts, as well as Critiques, students have ‘some skin in the game’ and are more motivated to provide honest assessment with professional and actionable feedback. The A-B-C-D workflow, over a series of assignments, induces desired behavioral patterns in students’ performance through social norming. No intervention or moderation is required from instructors to generate a set of valid and reliable performance metrics.
Mobius does the math for you. Mobius relies on summative peer assessment to produce detailed diagnostics. These color-coded metrics offer you the expedited delivery of student performance ready for your review and with areas pointed out that may need your attention. The peer assessment metrics for Artifacts are derived from Benchmarks, and the metrics for Critiques are derived from Concordance, creating a double-looped interaction. It’s beautiful to watch it work!